||Teachers: 5 - 10 Courses
Teacher A ... Grade 2/3
Lots of great ideas - make maths fun. New ways of teaching old skills, processes, concepts. Challenging activities/games that help children internalise their learning. Using the calculator - a valuable tool to support learning. Allows children to get involved in the game/concept without becoming 'bogged down' in the calculations.
Teacher B ... Grade 4
Teacher C ... Grade 4/5/6
- Hands on experience with maths.
- Great for children to see rotation, flip and turn etc.
- Great for children's enjoyment.
- Children love Chance & Data - now see it as fun.
- I don't have enough of these calculators but have 'normal' calculators which we use all the time following attendance at Changing Places.
- Change in areas of maths I now place importance on in class.
MathMate has given my class the opportunity to explore numbers/operations without the pressure of needing to be a number expert. It enables children to come into an activity at their level and be supported to go as far as they are comfortable.
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The discussion and arguments MathMate has caused in my room has been wonderful. The learning has been excellent.
I introduced my class to MathMate calculators by spreading them (6) around the room among 'normal' calculators. We did an algorithm, 4 x (6+4) =. Different answers! Why?
The discussion raged for a week - the red ones were Korean, the red ones fell off the back of a truck, the grey ones were old and no longer worked. The argument raged till someone did a reverse operation. It was an 'aha' moment.
We use the calculators 2 - 3 times a week for number facts/automatic response. Predict-A-Count is an integral part of our class.
Calculating Changes ... is a division of ... Mathematics Centre